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“I have known Dick for forty or more years. His boundless enthusiasm for music and particularly the historic American pipe organ were always present. ...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Lois Regestein - Boston, MA

“Thoughts and prayers to his family. He was my 6th grade teacher and a wonderful man. ”
2 of 28 | Posted by: Ellen Vinciguerra (Blood)

“As an organist, I was privileged to work with Dick over a period of 25 years, typically with the Southeastern Chapter of the American Guild of...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Daniel Lamoureux - Boston, MA

“On a winter evening 60 years ago I joined Troop 42 in Raynham at the age of 11. The Scoutmaster, Dick Hill, was my second cousin, but we were not...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Charlie Adler - Attleboro, MA

“Mr. Hill taught piano to both of our daughters many years ago. I loved going over to pick them up and listen to the last part of the lessons. He was...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Maura Tyrrell - North Easton, MA

“So sorry for your loss. His music was sublime and his teaching was talented. My best to the family. You all will be in my thoughts. ”
6 of 28 | Posted by: John Visnauskis - Easton, MA

“I learned of Dick's passing yesterday afternoon at a monthly gathering of a few mid 60 year old friends where we swap stories and enjoy a few cold...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Al Williams - West Bridgewater, MA

“I had Mr Hill for 6th grade reading class..He was an awesome teacher..I remember breaks in the course of teaching we would go off and talk about the...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Dan Shyne - Easton, MA - Student

“Way back in 1965-66 Mr. Hill was my 6th grade teacher at the old Junior High (yellow brick building on Lincoln). I lived just across the street, so...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Susan Smith - Easton, MA

“I was so privileged to have performed with Richard over a span of 30 years. We met shortly after I had graduated from New England Conservatory and...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Susan & Bob Maffa - NORTH EASTON, MA

“Moving away from MA in 1986 did not take away the fond memories of specific teachers. Such is the case with Richard Hill. I am so sorry to read of...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Rob Lundberg - Fredericksburg, VA

“Richard was my oldest brother. I was very lucky to have grown up with him as much more than a brother. My memories of him in my earlier years are...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: David Hill - Jackson, WY

“Me. Hill was a gift to so many of us. I was fortunate to have him as my teacher in the 5th and 6th grade. He was animated and passionate about...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Meredith Porter - Ponte Vedra, FL

“Dear Sandra - We are very sorry to hear that Dick has died. He was a great musician and a wonderful teacher. He will be missed.Nancy and Jim...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Nancy Donnelly - Bridgewater, MA

“To the Hill Family and all having the pleasure of knowing Dick Hill:We extend to you our deepest sympathies for your loss of this great man. Our...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Robin and Debbie Tillberg Chatham

“My condolences to the Hill family.Mr. Hill was my 6th grade teacher. By far, my favorite and most memorable teacher. His passion for education was...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Lee York - Jacksonville, NC

“Deepest sympathies to the Hill family during this difficult time. Many memories of Mr. Hill and choir during middle school. i think it was called...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Laura-Lee Collard - Burrillville, RI

“Mr. Hill was a wonderful teacher. I was a very silly young student of piano and organ, and Mr. Hill had a special way of celebrating my impulses....Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Ashley Goverman - Mansfield, MA

“My deepest sympathy to Dick's family on his passing. As Historian of the oldest choral society in America I worked with him back in the 1980s when he...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Roger Hall - Stoughton, MA

“Our deepest sympathy, from your neighbors The Servello's at 12 Main Street. Had the pleasure of meeting up with Mr Hill over the last several years...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Dianna Servello - North Easton, MA

“Dear Sandra,As you know, Dick was an organist colleague of mine for many years, Always supportive, he invited me to play a recital at Unity Church...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Carlton Russell - ME

“Mr. Hill leaves so many students that were touched by his kindness and devotion. I had him as my teacher for English and social studies. He made...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Deborah Urquhart - SOUTH EASTON, MA

“Dick knew all the best canoe "put in" and "take out" spots from here to Mooselookmeguntic and his favorite poker game was seven-card hi-low. He was...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: W. Craig Fredericks - MA - Friend

“Dear Sandra, Tim, Paula,and Kristen,I am so sorry and saddened to hear of Dick's passing. I will always treasure the time I spent at Unity in his...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Celeste Howe - BARNSTABLE, MA

“I had Mr. Hill as my 6th grade teacher back in the 1980's. He was by far the best teacher that I ever had growing up. Many fond memories of that year...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Peter McHugh - Wellington, FL

“SandyJay and I are were so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. We are praying for you and the rest of the family. Love Lisa Sparling ”
26 of 28 | Posted by: Lisa Sparling - Bridgewater, MA

“As a member of the Unity Bell Ringers, one of my favorite memories of Dick was after a concert when he proclaimed, "isn't this fun?" He always...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: marilyn mears - Sharon, MA

“There is no denying Dicks love of music. However he was a passionate sports fan and loved to talk about all the Boston teams. He also loved...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Robert Maffa - North Easton, MA

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EASTON----Richard W. Hill, a resident of Easton for the past 42 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family on February 2, 2020 at the age of 81.

Born in Taunton, the eldest son of the late Warren and Frances (Allen) Hill, he was raised in Raynham and was a graduate of Taunton High School Class of 1956. Richard continued his education at Bridgewater State College where he earned both a Bachelors and Master's Degree in Education. He served in the Army National Guard of Massachusetts from 1956-1959.

Richard was employed for 38 years as a teacher for the Town of Easton Public Schools having taught both elementary and high school education.
A gifted and talented organist, he studied organ playing as a private student of John Fesperman at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Richard was a member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and performed in many churches throughout Massachusetts and the greater New England area.

Richard was also a member of the Organ Historical Society, Easton Lions Club, Easton Historical Society and a life member of the Taunton Historical Society. He cherished his time spent with his family camping and canoing in Maine and held a deep appreciation for music.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Sandra M. (Taylor) Hill of Easton, MA. Father of Timothy W. Hill of Japan, Paula E. Hill and her husband Kevin McGuire of Media, PA, and Kristen A. Parrella and her husband Michael of Jackson Heights, Queens, NY; brother of Roger Hill of Orlando, FL, David Hill of Wyoming and Florida and the late Marilyn Alvarnaz; grandfather of Jake, Steven, Miranda, Lillian, and Katherine. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life & Music for Richard will be held at Christ Congregational Church, Brockton in the spring at a date and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard's memory may be sent to the Organ Fund at Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant Street, Brockton, MA, 02301. For condolences visit

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Christ Congregational Church

1350 Pleasant Street Brockton, MA 02301


Christ Congregational Church

1350 Pleasant Street Brockton, MA 02301